In 1994 the Excel was out, and a year later the Accent was in. From the start, this car was praised for its dependability. It earned strong sales in many countries because it was sold at a subcompact price but was as roomy as a compact. With these benefits, however, came some costs. Safety concerns were an issue, as on many tests and reviews it consistently rated in the average/marginal range. It wasn't until the third generation (2005-11) that the Accent received above acceptable/good marks for safety. This tradition of continuous improvement to Hyundai Accent parts and the car as a whole progressed through following generations as the car has gained even more popularity and increased consumer demand.